Kory Daniel Schramm was born on June 10, 1981 in Rochester, NY to Kurt and Wendy Schramm. The youngest of three, he grew up in the Maplewood Neighborhood, attended School 7, the Major Achievement Program at School 50 and School of the Arts at Monroe Middle School, where he was first chair saxophone in the senior high jazz ensemble.
Kory excelled in athletics from a very young age, participating in 40 and 1 baseball, Maplewood YMCA swim team and Sacred Heart and St. Ambrose CYO basketball.
Always an excellent student, Kory earned a Leah Marlowe Scholarship to attend Aquinas Institute. While attending Aquinas, Kory continued to excel academically, receiving awards in Latin, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Kory’s first love was always athletics. A four year member of the Aquinas boxing team, Kory was especially drawn to the ideals of self discipline, hard work, and self confidence instilled in him by his boxing coaches. An excellent boxer, Kory was voted Freshman Fighter of the Night in 1996 and received the Fight of the Night Award in 1998. In his senior year, Kory became the first recipient of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Award. The boxing coaches felt that Kory would, “set a benchmark that all other future boxers could only hope to achieve.”
Kory also had a lifelong love of football and was a four year member of the Aquinas Football team. Despite his diminutive size of 5 feet 4 inches and 140 pounds, Kory played wide receiver and defensive back. In his senior year he was a TV-10 Scholar Athlete, received a Most Outstanding Player Award and was a key member of the first Aquinas State Championship Football team. He was also selected to play in the Eddie Meath All-Star game.
Kory was aggressively recruited by Hartwick College, where he received an academic scholarship. He remained a starter for his entire four year college football career. A team captain, Kory left Hartwick as one of the most decorated football players in the program’s history. During his career, Kory was named to four All-American teams and Hartwick posted a 28-14 record, including three consecutive ECAC title game appearances. As a senior, Kory was named a second team All-American by the Football Gazette, DIIIfootball.com and Hewlett Packard. He was also a 2002 first team ECAC Northwest selection, and first team All-Empire 8 Conference honoree. Kory was honored in his junior year as a third team All-American by Football Gazette, and in 2000 was named Hatrwick’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete. As a freshman, Kory was selected ECAC Rookie of the Year. He left Hartwick with an incredible program record of 25 interceptions and 57 pass break-ups. His 204 career tackles ranks ninth in the Hartwick all-time list.
Kory graduated from Hartwick in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Upon graduation, Kory remained at Hartwick as an assistant football coach for the 2003 season. In 2004, Kory obtained a job with the company providing food service at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Just nine days after arriving in Greece, on July 16, 2004, Kory was struck and killed by a speeding driver.
At Hartwick College, Kory’s number, “33,” was retired at the start of the 2004 season and in 2005 a memorial overlooking the football field was built in his honor. In 2008, Kory was unanimously inducted into the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame. At Aquinas Institute, The Kory Schramm Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004, providing tuition assistance to Aquinas upperclassmen who display loyalty to the ideals and values of the Aquinas Institute and a determination to achieve academic excellence while participating in Aquinas athletics.
Kory was inducted in to the Aquinas Institute Hall of fame in 2009. He was again honored as a Hall of Fame inductee in 2011 when the entire 1998 NYS Championship Aquinas Football team was honored, making Kory an Aquinas Institute Hall of Fame double inductee.
Kory was a true Aquinas man, a fiercely proud Aquinas graduate and forever true to the virtue extolled in the Aquinas Alma Mater, “Always to strive for that which we were made for.” He was known for his winning smile, and ability to lift the spirits of everyone around him. His work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to overcome adversity continue to inspire all who knew him. One of Kory’s favorite sayings was a quote by Mark Twain. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”